Sister Carlette Speaks at Alzheimer’s Seminar

Posted by Kacie Emmerson

June 3, 2024

The 3rd Annual Alzheimer’s Seminar, held in Belmopan, Belize, on May 30, brought together a diverse group to discuss the critical issues surrounding dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Carlette Gentle, SCN, served as a panelist for the event, and spoke about the role of community support in caring for patients with dementia and their families.

Sister Carlette heads Living in Full Existence (LIFE), a senior support resource for the elderly population of Belize City. In her time with LIFE, Sister Carlette has witnessed firsthand the positive impact such support has on the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of those who are affected by dementia.

The seminar, is part of ongoing efforts by the National Council on Ageing to raise awareness and educate the public about the impacts of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, among other issues. Such events are important to discuss best practices in care, treatment, and diagnosis and prevention. Joyanne De Four-Babb, Chairwoman of the Belmopan Alzheimer’s Chapter, spoke about the significance of the seminar, noting its role in bringing together a wide array of experts and community members to address these pressing issues.

Ixchel Poot, Executive Director of the National Council on Ageing, also addressed the seminar, stressing the importance of proactive measures to reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

People can take early steps to mitigate their risk, Poot said, outlining key lifestyle changes such as maintaining physical activity, proper hydration, balanced nutrition, and sufficient sunlight exposure. She highlighted twelve risk factors identified for dementia, including sedentary lifestyle, alcohol consumption, smoking, depression, isolation, hypertension, diabetes, and head injuries.

The seminar underscored that while dementia and Alzheimer’s predominantly affect older adults, the actions taken in younger years can significantly influence long-term brain health.

4 Comments

  1. Eugenie Coakley, scna

    Excellent work Sr. Carlette and also in sharing your expertise. I liked smart way the speaker in the video was planning to reach a wider audience to raise awareness in the community.

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  2. Trudy Foster

    Thanks, Carlette.
    Great Ministry. Many Blessings.
    Trudy Foster

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  3. Martha Borders

    Carlette great job caring for the aged and others in need! Blessings

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  4. Louise Smith

    Good job and great caring. Thanks for being there for those who need your love.

    Reply

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